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Maraa Grotto

French Polynesia
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Ranked #15 of 22 Attractions in Tahiti
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
Owner description: This grotto features a lake of black water that creates an optical illusion - the cave appears much...
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
Owner description: This grotto features a lake of black water that creates an optical illusion - the cave appears much smaller than it actually is.
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Hamilton, Canada
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74 reviews 74 reviews
36 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We stopped at the Fern Grotto as part of an island tour. Just a short walk from the parking lot. The cave is a good size and was filled with water when we visited. Interesting to see the vegetation and take a few photos.

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Hawaii
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219 reviews 219 reviews
72 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The cave is moderately large and there may be a lot of water, depending on recent rainfall. As most tourists traveling by car will drive right by, it is certainly worth a visit. Gaugin reportedly liked to swim here and use it as a bath tub, so those interested in places associated with him will definitely want to stop by.

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Papeete
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The caves are often closed but you can still get quite close to see the inside. The gardens are well maintained and there is parking out the front. Worth stopping.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I went with my wife to Tahiti (we are both from the U.S) and we happened to see signs for this place off the road. There is a place for people to park their car just off the road. We walked along the pebble path and found the grotto in about 2 minutes. Check my pics. We took some pics... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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1,521 reviews 1,521 reviews
1,333 attraction reviews
748 helpful votes 748 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The Maraa Grotto is at Pk 28.7 on the west coastal road and usually included on many circle island tours. It is just past the village of Papara. Paul Gauguin bathed here and it has been the site of baptisms in the past. Overhanging vegetation is constantly raining down onto the pool which is a remarkable bright blue colour considering... More 

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New York City, New York
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We made a very quick stop here and it was definitely one of my favorite spots in Tahiti. Although there's not much to do here, because its literally just to take pictures and experience the water drops from the cave. It is very nice and relaxing. Locals do swim in the water while it seems like teenagers use this spot... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

worth stopping off at this little site on the main road around Tahiti Nui if you're passing by. a couple of caves with some pools and lots of flowers and lilly's etc.

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Vancouver, Canada
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20 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

This grotto is just off the main road and worth checking out. It is a pretty neat natural grotto with beautiful vegetation and wildlife around. I stuck my toe in the water but was too afraid to go all the way in!

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LA
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143 reviews 143 reviews
19 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

If you tour the island you have to pass this and it's right next to the main road. So you might as well stop stretch your legs, enjoy some beautiful flowers and marvel at the grotto's. There are so many trees that it really is a nice cool shady spot. The paths are all well marked and maintained. There was... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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1,146 helpful votes 1,146 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

The Mara’a caves are located just after the 28th kilometer marker on the south road of Tahiti. They are easily found and visiting them is free. The complex consists of three grottos that are nestled in the hillside and connected by trails covered by shady trees. There is a small explanatory board by the largest cave (Ana-Vai-poiri; by far the... More 

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